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Cataracts (cont.)

Outlook

  • Early symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, glare, and difficulty reading.
  • Cataracts will affect most people and become more prominent as we age.
  • Cataracts can be diagnosed when the doctor examines the eyes with specialized viewing instruments.
  • The decision to proceed with surgery is primarily based on the amount of difficulty you have performing your daily activities.
  • Treatment for cataracts is surgical removal of the cataract with implantation of an artificial lens.
  • There are a variety of intraocular lens types that can restore vision in different ways.
  • Cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore vision with serious complications occurring in less than one in 1,000 cases.

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American Academy of Ophthalmology

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Basic anatomy of the eye.
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Medically reviewed by William Baer, MD; Board Certified Ophthalmology


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/25/2014
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Cataract, Congenital »

A cataract is an opacification of the lens. Congenital cataracts usually are diagnosed at birth.

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